NPR: Concealed Carry Surging in the Black Community

AP Photo/Seth Perlman
AP/Seth Perlman

On April 2, NPR reported that concealed carry permits and gun ownership for self-defense is surging in the black community.

This marks a seismic shift toward guns in the black community, as more and more individuals realize the safety of their lives and the the lives of their families is literally in their own hands.

According to NPR, this positive view of gun ownership in the black community has jumped almost 50 percent in two years’s time. They cite a PEW Research Poll showing “54 percent of blacks now see gun ownership as a good thing,” which is up from the “29 percent” who saw it that way two years ago.

Because of this, Detroit, with its high black population, has actually emerged as a trendsetter for urban communities with citizens who legally carry guns.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said:

When you look at New Jersey, you look at New York, you look at California, DC, and Chicago, really it’s still a foreign experience. [But] when you look at the city of Detroit, we’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns.

Breitbart News previously reported on a March 30 self-defense shooting in Detroit, Michigan, in which a female homeowner shot an alleged intruder to save her brother. Afterward, black neighbors encouraged every Detroit homeowner to get a concealed carry license in order to protect themselves inside the home and out.

Chief Craig grew up in Detroit and says that in the 1970s, “law-abiding citizens wouldn’t dream of carrying guns.”

But times are changing, and the black community is realizing that an armed, law-abiding citizen can make a great contribution to the safety of himself and others when carrying a gun for self-defense.

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